Colorado wildfire claims second fatality, 360 homes burned
The Waldo Canyon fire in Colorado Springs claimed a second fatality. Colorado Springs officials released a new list of burned homes Friday night.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Firefighters searching for bodies in at least 360 homes burned by the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history found a second body Friday at a residence where another person was discovered dead earlier.
As crews on the front lines made slow but steady progress against the flames, Police Chief Pete Carey said fewer than 10 people altogether were unaccounted for. The remains of one person were found Thursday in what was left standing of one home. He confirmed that the remains of a second person who lived there were found Friday.
Colorado Springs officials posted a list of homes destroyed or damaged by the 26-square-mile Waldo Canyon Fire.
The list was posted online Friday night. Earlier, officials said that the fire damaged or destroyed about 346 homes, which is the most in Colorado history. But a list of burned homes that was given to residents included 360 addresses.
More than 600 homes have been destroyed by wildfires in Colorado this year, and at least five people have been killed, including two in the Waldo Canyon Fire.
The 26-square-mile blaze — one of several wildfires burning out of control across the tinder-dry West — was reported to be 25 percent contained, and authorities began lifting some of the evacuation orders for the more than 30,000 people who fled their homes a few days ago.
After growing explosively earlier in the week, the fire gained no ground overnight, authorities reported Friday. And the weather was clear and mostly calm, a welcome break from the lightning and high wind that drove the flames.
"The focus for today is to hold what we got," extend the fire lines to contain more of the blaze, and bring in more heavy equipment, said Rich Harvey, incident commander for the fire.
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